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Bangladesh oppn official arrested over Israel meeting


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Bangladesh police have arrested a senior official from the main opposition party and accused him of plotting against the state following his meeting with an Israeli political adviser, an official said on Monday.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s government is stepping up a crackdown on political opponents in Muslim-majority Bangladesh, which is also reeling from a wave of killings blamed on extremists.
Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) joint secretary general Aslam Chowdhury was arrested on Sunday after local media reported that he had met an Israeli government adviser in India in March.
“We’ve arrested Chowdhury for allegedly plotting conspiracies against the government by personally meeting an Israeli politician abroad,” detective police commissioner Abdul Baten said.
Dhaka police spokesman Maruf Hossain Sorder said officers were preparing to file a criminal case against him.
Chowdhury has denied plotting against the government.

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